Bored of just eating candy coated goodness at Halloween?
All holidays give us an excuse to eat many sweet treats without feeling too guilty (come New Year were all going to start dieting anyway or at least attempting to!) and Halloween is no exception!
This Friday, little children will be going trick or treating with their buckets filled with sugar coated goodness (mmm sugar). However, you may reach a stage where you say enough is enough with all that sweetness (children will definitely not say this), and you opt for an alternative. This is where I come in; because Im a responsible adult and I am here to share with you my top 10 healthy Halloween treats.
Not only are these good for you, but they all seem quite fun to make, so grab a child because they would probably enjoy creating these too! (Not just a random child, preferably a child you know/youre friends with the parents).
I also accept no responsibility for the mess in the kitchen when little ones are helping you make these snacks.
- Mummified Toast
Toast is appropriate for all occasions, so I dont see why it wouldnt be fitting for the spooky season. Although there is a slight twist on this one: this isnt just any toast this is mummified toast! To be honest, its more along the lines of pizza toast, which is reassuring because no one wants to eat old toast thats been in a sarcophagus for a long time Im pretty sure that goes against the rules of health & safety.
This will give children a chance to get all creative with food with hopefully minimal amounts of mess because how messy can things get with passata, cheese & olives?
Interested in adding mummified toast to your menu as a healthy Halloween treat? Get the recipe here.
- Ravioli Spiders
Im not a lover of spiders; in fact Im pretty scared of them but I couldnt resist this! (Plus these spiders would be categorised as cute, and I can deal with cute spiders!) This would be great for kids too (all of these recipes are in my opinion) as they can make the web before you (the adult) place the cooked ravioli on. The child can then finish things off by placing the pepper legs around the pieces of ravioli -but of course, cut the peppers for them first as children shouldnt play with knives.
Thinking about adding a few creepy-crawlies among your healthy Halloween snacks? Try the recipe here.
- Meatball Owls
On the website where I got this from, they said that these were meatball cuckoos but I dont think they look like cuckoos and cuckoos arent scary! So Im calling them owls instead, and if you dont think owls are scary do you know of anything else on the planet that can near enough turn its head 360 degrees?
While the adult does the boring things of toasting the bread and cooking the meatballs kids can do the fun things such as creating balls of cream cheese for the eyes and assembling feathers and beaks out of peppers and chives.
Get the healthy Halloween recipe for Meatball Owls here.
- Thats not candy corn!
So youve eaten too many sweets and you fancy a change (see I told you itd come to that point) but your craving for candy corn has become so strong that youre willing to eat an alternative healthy Halloween treat that probably doesnt even taste like candy corn, but it kind of looks like it so itll do! Thats where this healthy Candy Corn snack made with pineapple and oranges comes into play! This can be assembled in a matter of seconds if you have all the ingredients to hand or not if youve got a second tiny pair of hands. Either way, itll still be a fun activity for the kids.
Want to make your own version of healthy not-candy corn? Find the recipe here.
- Stuffed Jack O Lanterns
Heres a good pumpkin alternative! The peppers are stuffed with beef and rice, so this is a completely hearty dinner, as well as a fun make. Older children can get involved by carving their pepper, and younger children can just spoon the mixtures in. Ive also seen versions where the peppers were then placed in the oven so they got some extra colour on them (personally Id do this as Im not particularly a fan of raw pepper).
Think these healthy Halloween treats would be a hit? Try the recipe here.
- Crunchy Smiles
When I first stumbled upon these, I thought they looked a bit creepy, but now as Im writing this blog post theyre becoming a little less creepy and more goofy! These are created using apples and mini marshmallows yes I know marshmallows are still considered naughty but hear me out because theyre placed between slices of apple and that makes it perfectly okay! Oh and peanut butter is used as glue, so if youre using organic peanut butter, its also a great source of protein!
Looking for a recipe to show off those pearly whites? Try here.
- Waiter, I think theres a spider on my pizza?
Oh wait no sorry my mistake thats definitely a spider on my pizza.
This fun little idea is as simple as making a pizza but of course instead of arranging your toppings in the usual style, arrange them in the form of a spider. I say go crazy with the creation of your spider and add some fangs! Or even make that clown in the background because theyre kinda scary
Go for it; add a creepy-crawly into your Halloween pizza! Get the recipe here.
- Brains Anyone?
Braaaaaaaiinnnsss Zombies will go crazy for this! I joke, these arent brains theyre actually made out of popcorn and who goes crazy for popcorn? Lots of people thats who! Along with your popcorn, youll need some marshmallows and a touch of red food colouring. Just coat the popcorn in the melty marshmallow goodness, add a dash of the colouring, and youre set – now thats a clever idea right? This is super messy so to prevent any sticky messes, lightly oil your hands before handling!
Get the recipe for your brains (never thought I would ever utter that sentence) here.
- Now thats what I call a monster burger
I think this looks more entertaining than scary. While on my travels through the internet I came across a vegan blog where this was featured! If youre not vegan then dont worry you can probably still make this with mince and I assume its fun moulding mince into people? Well kids will love it anyway due to the hands-on aspect! Plus theyll also love decorating the bun to make it look like a monster!
Want to make your own Monster Burgers? Get the recipe here.
Yes these are bananas covered in white chocolate, as if I was actually going to leave chocolate out of a food post Even though this snack contains chocolate its only a teeny amount of chocolate so if youve got a craving that needs satisfying this is the snack for you.
Melt some chocolate, chop up some bananas, do some dunking and there you have it Boo-nanas -not my words- it was from the website!
Want to try some Boo-nanas for yourself? The recipe can be found here.
Well there we have it, thats the low down on my top 10 healthy Halloween treats. I realise they all come in very small portions* and arent very scary, but in all honesty no one wants to eat scary looking food do they? And Im sure Im saying this on behalf of the entire nation, but we dont really want to be like Bear Grylls either – eating bugs (or ghosts, brains, mummies and teeth for that matter).
*Yes they may be small portions but think of it like fine dining, its all about presentation!